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that suspects will get convicted, but there is good forensic science and it is more likely that innocent people will not be convicted if there is good forensic science and that is what this lab is about. >> and the crime lab is an independent lab and not answering to the chief of police. >> tony williams said it was his vision that got the project off the ground. >> tomorrow marks ten years since the d.c. sniper attacks began during the 3 week spree. the two were captured and convicted. mohammed was executed and roberts is serving a sentence. we covered the story back then, paul, and is there anything that sticks out in your mind. >> the lind -- the murder of linda franklin. a lady going about her business at the home depot, outside with her husband. and then if you recall there was one person who came forward and said he saw the sniper and was lying. and that sends people wondering, what was going on here? it was just such a frightening time. >> i think i remember when this broke and no one knew what was going on, i was sent to the location in aspen hill and i remember in the days afterwards a
with all civilian forensic technicians in a fast-changing high-tech world. >> the science has grown dramatically in the last 20 years. and it will be a gradual transition. i think it's the way we have to go. it is the way of the future. with the science advancing as rapidly as it, i think it makes good sense. >> reporter: lanier praises the current officers who will get other uniform duties. the current chief medical examiner responsible for all death investigations will get moved from the old d.c. general hospital to the new facility that will be run bay civilian director. but the d.c. fraternal order of police union says the city is making a mistake replacing seasoned, sworn officers who know crime scenes. >> unless you're going to replace the experts, and that's massachusetts what those guys are, with experts, then that's potentially a problem. >> reporter: the union contends the city has failed to hire enough officers and is stretching the force to fill vacancies, while many officers quit or retire. >> we're going to continue to lose folks as the conditions inside the agency det
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